Rohan Murfett from Warrnambool in Victoria caught and released a 60cm estuary cod (on a herring bait) and a 90cm flathead (on a whole prawn) on Sunday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari. Photo:

Plenty of action on the Noosa River

With schools starting to break up for the year, we are seeing more and more activity on the Noosa River, and in turn seeing more great fish landed. The river seems to be full of quality flathead on the prowl, particularly in the lower reaches. Trolling bright pink minnows such as the Strada Dredge 70 has been a great way to locate the fish. Brightly coloured soft plastics has also claimed some great fish as will drifting small pilchards or live baits such as herring or small mullet. Mangrove jack are also becoming very active with the water warming up nicely. Live baits drifted into structure will bring jacks undone. Fishing the open water at night has also claimed some quality fish, the Davo’s Gladiator Prawn is a real winner for the jacks! Good trevally have been smashing surface lures and rapidly retrieved slugs around the first ski run, Munna Point and off the sand bags near the spit. Try the new Arma 15g twist’ in silver which has been a great tool of late. Whiting are in good numbers on the Dog beach and along Gympie Terrace. Freshly pumped yabbies are the perfect bait. A few quality mud crabs have been potted of late. Fresh mullet is a fantastic bait for muddies however the bait must be changed every day for best results.

On the offshore scene out of Noosa, North Reef is still delivering quality snapper and some quality spotted mackerel. Good quality jewfish and cobia have also come from North Reef. The floater bait seems to be the way to go and if the bait is live this will also help. On Sunshine and Chardons Reefs the snapper, grassy sweetlip, and tuskies have all been quality fish with the added bonus of some excellent trout. Chicko is Davo’s resident trout expert and he reckons getting that bait hard to the bottom is the key to hooking up some of these quality table fish. On the outer reefs like Double Island and the Barwon Banks, Big knobby snapper and pearl perch have been on the cards.

On the Noosa North Shore beaches, tailor are still active particularly at dawn and dusk. The tides were perfect last weekend with some great fish taken. Ganged pilchards, mullet fillet and bonito fillet have been working well. Whiting and dart are also biting well with live worms and prawns the preferred baits.

On the freshwater Lake Macdonald near Cooroy continues to fish well at sun up particularly on the surface. Fish well over 40 centimetres are becoming very common once again. Bass Bay has delivered some good fish as well as Three Ways. Another good tactic is working small spinnerbaits around the weed edges. Borumba Dam just past Imbil has produced some excellent saratoga of late as the spawning season is now over and the bigger females are hungry after six weeks or so without a feed. Bassman spinnerbaits worked slowly are a great tool for ‘Toga. The water level is quite low at Borumba so take great care in the feeder creeks and at the boat ramp. Good bass are hitting spinnerbaits and small plastics around the Eagles Nest whilst trolling small extra deep minnows has seen some great action.

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